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Plainride: Life On Ares

From Cologne, Germany we bring you Plainride, my latest foray into the stoner/psychedelic rock/metal genre. This is another new band to me even though they have a debut album titled Return Of The Jackalope under their belts. Their new one is called Life On Ares, a sci-fi themed heavy psychedelic/stoner album that hits all the right points.

The intro piece “A Fiery Demise” is a spacey, somewhat ominous sound collage of dramatic effects and tribal drumming leading directly into “El Coyote” and its huge distorted riffs and powerful slightly gruff vocals reminding a little of Mastodon. I love how the band uses feedback and the drum work, interspersed with those heavy riffs is really effective. The heavy bluesy riffs in “Battletoads” makes for another powerful performance. In the short “Seven Of Spades” Motorhead came to mind as the speedy metal riffs and somewhat frenzied vocals set a highly energetic pace. With “Bite Back” the tempo is more mid paced punctuated with some excellent bluesy guitar soloing. The catchiness of “Wormhole Society” and “Texas Labyrinth” are hard to ignore and the piano and moody atmosphere in “Blood On The Crown” has the band trying something new and sounding great doing it. The voice samples and effects adds to the sci-fi storyline.

Life On Ares is just an excellent disc, reinforcing my love for stoner and bluesy rock music all the more. Highly recommended.

Track Listing:
1. A Fiery Demise (Prologue)
2. El Coyote
3. Battletoads
4. Seven Of Spades
5. Bite Back
6. Wormhole Society
7. Texas Labyrinth
8. Blood On The Crown
9. Thunder & Awe
10. Anaximander (And The Riddle Of Origin)

Added: December 19th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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